Bolsonaro’s Launch of Expansion to Welfare Program Could Translate Into Votes

Bolsonaro had said in 2017, when he was still a congressman, that he would not expand the program. "I'm not going to do demagoguery to get votes," he said.

By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro plans to expand the social welfare program created by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Created by the Workers' Party in 2003, the Bolsa Família (Family Fund) has been extremely successful in courting votes from poor Brazilians – and no region is poorer than the Northeast, where at least 12 percent of the population depends on the program. In . . .

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